The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation's Books for Libraries Project provides U.S. and Ukrainian institutions with valuable books for the education of its citizens. In 2002, over $12,000 in books was donated to Ukrainian and U.S. institutions.
Supporting Ukraine's Educational Institutions
"We are very thankful [to] you for our selection as recipient of some books in medicine and public health. We've received seven boxes...nearly all of them are very valuable for us."
Yuriy Nechitailo, Head of the Department of Developmental Pediatrics at the Bukovinian State Medical Academy in Chernivtsy
To date, USUF has primarily redistributed donations of books (mostly in English) from individuals and organizations in the United States to educational institutions in Ukraine. Hundreds of books have been collected on subjects such as biographies, business, children, computers, dictionaries, health, history, literature, political science, law, finance, mathematics, medicine, and travel.
Recipients have included libraries at the following institutions: National Taras Shevchenko University in Kyiv; the National Ivan Franko University in Lviv; State Scientific Medical Library at the Ministry of Health in Kyiv; National University 'Kyiv-Mohyla Academy'; Kyiv International University; Karazin National University of Kharkiv; Lesia Ukrainka Volyn State University, and the Ukrainian Legal Foundation.
Increasing Awareness in America
Tonya Kornylo (far left), USUF summer
2002 intern, donates the Encyclopedia of
Ukraine to the Irondequoit Public Library (NY)
on behalf of the Foundation.
The Books for Libraries Project also donates Ukraine-related books directly to public and university libraries around the United States.
Vice President John A. Kun said, "In addition to providing books for institutions in Ukraine, the Foundation will also disseminate accurate and professionally-written information on Ukraine in the United States. This information will benefit all Americans and will prompt increased awareness and interest in Ukraine. We see the communities of our supporters as the prime beneficiaries - and this will be a way in which the Foundation can give back to them."
USUF first donated a five volume set of the Encyclopedia of Ukraine to the Embassy of Ukraine. In accepting the gift, valued at approximately $800, the Ambassador of Ukraine Kostyantyn Gryshchenko thanked the Foundation for this invaluable informational resource that will aid Embassy staff. The Encyclopedia of Ukraine is published by the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies in Toronto.
The Foundation has also donated the Encyclopedia of Ukraine to the following institutions: Averett University (VA); St. Petersburg College (FL); New Bedford Free Public Library (MA); Longview Public Library (TX); Irondequoit Public Library (NY); Woonsocket (RI) Harris Public Library; and House of Ukraine in San Diego, CA.
USUF encourages financial contributions to the Books for Libraries Project. In sending a contribution to the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation please indicate in the memo section on the check that you wish these funds to go to the Books for Libraries Project.